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“18 Day Tour of China”

China Connection Tours
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$99.00*
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Xi'an Terracotta Warriors Bus Tour
Ranked #17 of 90 Tours in Xi'an
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Owner description: China Connection Tours is a leading China tour operator which has over twenty-years of experience in tour booking. The goal of our online services is to deliver great quality with competitive prices for custom China tours and pre-arranged tour packages throughout China and other Asian countries. With annual revenue of over twenty million US dollars and a workforce of 150 travel professionals and staff, CCT provides you with the best in China travel solutions available in the industry today.
Reviewed November 23, 2012

In October 2012 we spent 18 days with CCT on a private tour that began in Beijing and ended in Hong Kong. The CCT rep in Xi'an, Shadow, put together a custom itinerary that also included Datong, Pingyao, Xi'an, Kunming, Dali, Lijiang, Shangri-la and Guilin. Shadow was flexible and fast in responding to requested changes. We asked for 5 star or best available accommodations, and that is what we received. The sights of China are awesome, but some of the guesthouses were also unique and complemented the China experience. In each area, CCT provided English speaking tour guides that worked hard to make sure we saw the sights, while keeping the pace manageable. The guides ensured frequent restroom stops in the best available facilities, which ranged from fair to excellent by U.S. standards. The guides selected the food for lunches in local and hotel restaurants based on our tastes, so we got a a wide range of excellent Chineses dishes without surprises, like too spicy. We chose not to have dinner included most days, and found that worked for us. We weren't ready for a big meal at dinner, and found snacks or light fare most places. Vehicles ranged from excellent (new Buick mini-van and VW Passat) to fair (older Hyundai mini-van), and the drivers were all very proficient. It was hard to get to know the drivers since they were focused on the driving and didn't speak English (and we didn't speak Mandarin). Although we had worked through the itinerary in fair detail before trip, towards the end of our trip in Guilin we ended up we a little free time we didn't expect, and the guide was able to arrange visits to additional attractions, like the very impessive Yangshuo Impression Sanjie Liu (in the world's largest natural theater?) for the price of admission. Regarding tips, for small groups some tour services recommend giving the guide about $10/day/person and the driver $7/day/person for standard tour service, but it is really up to the tourist on how much to tip. Some guides and drivers did check the tip envelope before we were out of sight. Each guide asked that we fill out an evaluation form which is handed back to them, and appears to go back to CCT in Xi'an. Of note, our CCT rep met us in Xi'an and discussed the trip and our degree of satisfaction. Overall, this was a great experience at a reasonable cost.

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Reviewed November 8, 2012 via mobile

I travel often but rarely write reviews. But it is important that I praise China Connections for their flawless trip planning. This was our second trip to China with them and once again they delivered a great experience at a fair price. Our private tour for three travelers included everything, once we landed in Shanghai, except dinners. Our guides were excellent, our itinerary well organized and our drivers were professional. (One word of warning is that driving in China isn't like driving in the US or Europe.)
Sunny and Lesley of China Connections are to be commended.

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eric0105, Director of Sales at China Connection Tours, responded to this reviewResponded December 16, 2012

Dear Howie,

Thank you very much for your valued time and comments. It is my great honor to serve you again after you went with us in 2010. I am very glad that you had a joyful and memorable trip with China Connection Tours always and are very satisfied with our service. And I feel particularly pleasant with your specific and precise reviews on your China tour with us. Wish to serve you in the future.

Have a good day!

Best regards,
Lesley and Sunny

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Reviewed November 5, 2012

We are very happy and satisfied with the services provided by China Connection Tours starting
from planning the tour itinerary to the completion of the tour. Lesley was very helpful in coordinating and planning the itinerary. Tour guides Cindy ( Xian ) and Leo ( Louyang ) were very
attentive to our needs. They were always on time,informative and pleasant. Transport , Hotels
accommodation and Food were good. I have no hesitation to recommend CCT to anyone who is
interested to tour China.
Eng Melbourne Australia

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eric0105, Director of Sales at China Connection Tours, responded to this reviewResponded December 16, 2012

Dear Mr. Lee,

Thank you for choosing China Connection Tours as your China tour operator this time. I am very happy to know that everything was going on well and you were satisfied with the service provided by us. We will continue to provide professional travel services to our customers in the future. Hope to see you in the next trip.

Best regards,
Lesley

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Reviewed November 3, 2012

On October 2012, we booked Guangzhou Tour for 2 days with China Connection Tour, visiting Lotus Hill, Nansha Tian Hau, White Cloud Mountain and Baomo Garden. Mr. Tan (our local guide) gives us a good explanation about tour objects and his English is understandable to us.The driver is also punctual and kind. The car is also in good condition, so overall we are very satisfied with the tour. If you want to visit Guangzhou and you like to see beautiful park and mountain, temple and Chinese Classic building, you must visit Lotus Hill, Baomo Garden, Nansha Tian Hau and White Cloud mountain.

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Reviewed November 1, 2012

I definitely recommend China Connection Tours for your China trips.
The tour guides in the different cities I visited were always on time, informative and reliable.
Miss Sarah was my contact with CCT and she was extremely helpful and kind to me.
She even called me every now and then in my different hotels to check if everything was o.k.
The hotel they booked for me were not only clean and safe, but also in good central locations, and close to local attractions and/or a underground station.
The entire trip was great; I just do not recommend to see so many cities in 2 weeks only. You should have at least 20 days to take some time to relax a bit while traveling.

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